Wordsworth wrote an endless poem in blank verse on” the growth of a poet’s mind.”  I shall attempt a more modest feat for a more distracted age: a blog, “Things which a Lifetime of Trying to Be a Poet has Taught Me.”

There is something fascinating about boundaries—between civilization and wilderness, between earth and sky, between man and nature.  To live too far from any of them is to lose one’s grip on the wholeness of reality.  To ignore them is to lose one’s grip on sanity.  To have them presented to you in a new way is to be given the possibility of insight.



From Fort Collins

Curtal Sonnet # 5


The sky was dark, the mountain darker still;

Electric lights climbed halfway up the side,

Then nothingness, and then a jagged line

Where stars began.  It was enough to chill

The bones, to make you want to run and hide,

That yawning gap where stars light refused to shine.


Stubborn memories fetched back from day,

Clung to for the permanence implied

Of solid rock and Ponderosa Pine,

Kept up from the abyss—yet still I say,

It was a sign.


Remember: for more poetry like this, go to and order Stars Through the Clouds! Also look for Inklings of Reality and Reflections from Plato’s Cave, Williams’ newest books from Lantern Hollow Press: Evangelical essays in pursuit of Truth, Goodness, and Beauty.  And look for Williams’ very latest book, Deeper Magic: The Theology behind the Writings of C. S. Lewis, due out Sept. 1, 2016, from Square Halo Books!

Donald T. Williams, PhD



About gandalf30598

Theologian, philosopher, poet, and critic; minister of the Gospel who makes his living by teaching medieval and renaissance literature; dual citizen of Narnia and Middle Earth.

Posted on June 2, 2016, in Donald Williams, Poetry and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. What is the price of Deeper Magic, the Theology behind the writings of C.S. Lewis and how do we get a copy?

    • Price has not been set yet, but will probably be $20.00-ish. It was supposed to be out this month, but I’m now told it will be “before Christmas.” You can pre-order from Square Halo Books.

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